Colton Plaia Taken by New York Mets in 15th Round of MLB Draft
Colton Plaia was the second Lion taken in the 2013 MLB Draft.
June 8, 2013
LMU catcher Colton Plaia became the second Lion player drafted in the 2013 MLB Draft on Saturday, selected in the 15th round (446th overall) by the New York Mets. Plaia joins his battery mate, Aaron Griffin, who was taken in the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Plaia was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but elected to return to LMU to complete his collegiate career.
Plaia, the WCC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-WCC selection, led all Lion hitters with a .311 average, 24 runs scored, 16 doubles and three homers to the tune of 25 RBI in 2013. All three of his homers came in WCC play. He threw out 26 of 62 potential base stealers on the year (42%), including 9 of 21 in WCC play (43%). Plaia also did not commit an error in WCC play.